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Effort to delete deity from Canada constitution jeered

OTTAWA (AP) -- A left-wing member of Parliament was jeered by colleagues Tuesday when he submitted a petition from about 1,000 of his constituents urging that references to God be deleted from Canada's constitution.

Svend Robinson read the petition aloud in the House of Commons.The petition, drafted by the Humanist Association of Canada, asks to amend a section of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that says Canada is "founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law."

The petition says that reference to God is "offensive to millions of Canadians who are non-Christian and non-religious."

No action is expected to be taken on the petition. Robinson said he submitted it as a courtesy to his constituents and did not personally favor the amendment.